12 Audi, VW cars pass emissions tests
The Ministry of Environment has approved 12 Audi and Volkswagen vehicle models in emissions and noise tests. The Volkswagen Tiguan, which had once been the nation’s most popular foreign SUV model, was included on the list.
According to the Ministry of Environment and industry observers, Wednesday, Audi Volkswagen Korea recently applied to the government for approval of their 12 diesel vehicle models and they all passed the certification tests of the National Institute of Environment Research (NIER).
“We delivered the certification of the Volkswagen Tiguan SUV and Arteon sedan early this week and will do the same with the remaining 10 models soon,” a NIER official said.
Along with the two models, the German carmaker’s unit here applied for the certification of the Audi Q7, R8, A4, A6 and A7 as well as the Volkswagen Passat sedan.
The NIER has conventionally carried out lab tests to check the vehicle’s emissions level, but reportedly employed various road tests to see the real emissions level because of the German carmaker’s track record.
Now, they can sell the approved models after registering the specifi- cation information with the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport.
“The Volkswagen Tiguan was the most popular SUV model before last year’s diesel gate scandal. And the Volkswagen Arteon is a successor of the CC. Still, a number of customers ask about when both models will be available in Korea,” an industry observer said. The CC sedan is a popular four-door fastback model.
“What really matters is how to win back the nation’s customer trust,” he said.
Along with the 12 models’ approval in emissions and noise, the Ministry of Environment has also approved Audi Volkswagen Korea’s plan to recall 82,290 cars. Nine models include volume models like Passat, Golf and Jetta.
Since the government’s sales ban, Volkswagen Korea has had virtually no sales here since November.
The government ordered the Korean unit to issue a recall in November 2015 after Volkswagen admitted it cheated in emissions tests around the world.
The Ministry of Environment requested the carmaker submit its plan to recall 125,522 affected vehicles.
As well as the ban in August, the ministry fined the company 17.8 billion won ($16 million).
Volkswagen Tiguan SUV